Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and What’s the Point?
Saturday’s "Rally to Restore Sanity" event in Washington was neither a political rally nor entertainment. It was a call to change.
The call to action was pitched through humor. Mark Twain would have been proud. Here’s the point; we can get down into it and really talk about what needs to be changed or waste more time taking innocuous polls, in this case, deciding if the rally was political or entertainment.
There was a deeper meaning; it was not shoved down our throats, it was given to us with a twist of humor. To quote Mark Twain, “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter”.
Both Stewart and Colbert used their ability as humorists to pit sanity against fear. We all live with both inside us and even the most “sane” person gives way to unreasonable fear from time to time. Here, at least we could see how these parts of ourselves that make us human show up. Visually and verbally we saw how we clash internally and in relationships. Again to Twain, “Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation”.
What better way to give fear the boot than to let Peter Pan direct us so we could yell out and help Wendy and the boys go home; and then watch as those courageous forces within us “liquidate” wicked witch that kept Dorothy and Toto from getting back home to Kansas.. Fairy tales and children’s stories are really meant to help guide all of us on our journeys and find our ways home to our own truth.
Again I call on Mark Twain to help put our present fears in perspective when he said “truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let’s economize it.”Continued on the next page